Typhoon in Philippines: a Scouting response

Most of us will have seen on the news the dreadful scenes from the Philippines. On Friday, Typhon Haiyan made landfall, causing widespread devastation. This is the largest tropical storm on record and it’s feared that more than 10,ooo people have died, that more than 600,000 people have been displaced from their homes, and that over 9 million people have been affected.

Nigel Hailey, International Commissioner in The Scout Association (UK) has sent a message to members of Scouting:

The Scout Association is waiting to hear from WOSM what the impact has been on our Scouting friends in the Boy Scouts of the Philippines.

Scout leaders and others may wish to talk about the Typhoon and the impact that this has had on the people of the Philippines with the young people in their Group. To help them, there are a number of related resources available on The Scout Association website: visit scouts.org.uk/pol and search for ‘shelterbox’.

ShelterBox logoUndoubtedly many Scouts will be wanting to support the efforts of the various relief agencies working in the region – if you are moved to make a personal financial contribution then please consider ding so via the Disasters Emergency Committee or our partner ShelterBox.

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I have just been speaking to a member of staff at the DEC and they are looking for volunteers to help with street collections. If anyone is able to help with this, please contact them on volunteer@dec.org.uk.

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Irish, a student of law with The Open University, living in Dublin with his husband Andrew. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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